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Boost Heart Health with These Foods, Which Can Help Clear Your Arteries

No matter your lifestyle, Oxford at Sonterra Apartments in San Antonio, Texas goes out of our way to provide our residents with a unique selection of in-home activities and information that better your physical and mental health – like these tips, which will help the overall well-being of your heart.

Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, claiming the lives of one in four people who die in the U.S. Though this is a scary number, there is something you can do about it: open up your arteries with healthy foods that are proven to slow down fatty plaque accumulation in your blood vessels. Here are a few foods you should fill your plate with, to enjoy their heart-healthy benefits.

Oats

Whole grains, like oats, are rich in soluble fiber, which has been shown to lower bad LDL cholesterol levels. What does this have to do with your heart? Well, cholesterol can seep into the inner layer of blood vessels over time, resulting in plaque buildup. Eat a serving of oats every morning, and you’ll minimize your risk, while also enjoying four grams per cup of this wonder nutrient.

Lentils

Rich in protein, lentils are a satisfying addition to any meal. Not to mention, lentils have heart-healthy fiber and contain very little fat. But, what’s really cool about lentils is that they can also protect your body from high blood pressure. One serving contains calcium, potassium, and magnesium – three minerals that can lower blood pressure for optimal health.

Avocados

Avocados may be fatty, but in case you haven’t heard, they’re rich in the type of fat that can benefit your health! Mono- and polyunsaturated fats, like those found in avocados, help lower bad LDL cholesterol and raise good HDL cholesterol. These exotic fruits also contain a good amount of fiber. So, the next time you’re craving guacamole with veggies or avocado slices on your tacos, go for it!

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